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Town loses Queen Mother Warrants
The late Queen Mother
The Queen Mother passed away in 2002 aged 101
The people of Ballater have been saddened by the loss of Royal Warrants granted by the late Queen Mother.

Many businesses in the town had the seal of approval because they are only a few miles from Balmoral.

However, the rules say the warrants lapse in the fifth year after the death of the person who granted them.

Local businesses said they were sorry to see the signs go as they looked impressive, and tourists who saw them often then used the shops in question.

'Significant effect'

The Queen Mother passed away in 2002 aged 101.

Local pharmacist Derek Mutch said of the signs: "It's got a significant effect.

"We quite often get tourists taking pictures, so anybody that stops quite often comes inside.

"It also makes the shops look good."

The local area's Royal connections date back to the 19th Century and Queen Victoria.

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